I'm not a tree-hugger per se.
But I'm not an idiot either.
I'm just a singular unit of life sharing the globe for a very short time with each and every other living thing. Someone who has become more environmentally conscious of the decisions she makes everyday.
And as usual, I find out that I'm simply "average" yet again.
Not that "average" is such a bad thing, but it's not good either.
Especially when measuring my Eco footprint and comparing it to fellow Canadians... but I'm going to improve.
Here's my progress on my own Green Scale. I started at "Melon" and I would say I've made it to "Chartreuse" so far:
I keep our yard free of trash
We fill two recycle bins every garbage day
I don’t buy aerosols
We've planted 36 trees in our yard
We don't have air conditioning
We have two composters
I un-susbscribed from papers & magazines
I donate household items to Goodwill
We have an energy efficient furnace and programmable thermostat
I take short showers
80 % of our laundry is in cold water
I am constantly turning off lights
I keep 99% of our photos digitally instead of printing
I recycle at work
I turn off my computer and lights at work daily
I refill toner cartridges at home and at work
I love buying second-hand clothes and books
I grow houseplants at home and at work
I've reduced idling / warm up time in the car
I clean and reuse my furnace filters
I've switched to CFLs
However, there is so much more I can do to get to "Lime" or even "Leaf Green" one day:
I can switch to cloth napkins for everyday use
I can reduce the amount of meat in our meals
I can find phosphate-free household cleansers
I can start using rechargeable batteries
I can reduce fast food meals
I can buy more recycled paper products
I can install weather stripping around the house
I can change to a cotton shower liner from plastic
I can shop with reusable bags every time
I can get off my butt and put in my garden!!!!
I can put jar of water in the toilet tank to save water
I can donate books to the library
I can reduce the "stuff" I've accumulated over the years
I can make Earth Hour a monthly event
So in light of Earth Day 2008 fast approaching, I'm going to knock a few of the "I cans" off that list. Then I'll advance on my Green Scale and find even more ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Maybe one day I'll even have a hybrid car. A "Forrest Green" hybrid, of course.
Now that'd be cool....
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